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Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats

by Il Sung Na

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In Welcome Home Bear, the bear wanted to find a new home. He visited lots of animals and tried out different areas, but he didn't like any of them. He finally realizes he loves his old home and it is just right for him.

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  Alexandria1013 | May 25, 2016 |
The bear in the story wanted to find a new home. He was tired of the same old place. He visited many animals and tried out many different areas, but they all didn't please him. He visited a camel, but he was too hot there. He also visits a octopus, but it was deep in the water. The story is just like that. He finally realizes he loves his old home and it is just right for him. This story can teach children be happy what you have and that different doesn't always mean better. ( )
  twalsh | Apr 25, 2016 |
A good read aloud children's book. showing the good things about your own home, even though there may be better things out there. great for second graders
  Bennice21 | Nov 19, 2015 |
Sometimes it seems there are so many gorgeous picture books you just don't have enough storytimes to go around. Fortunately for my sanity, I have several bear-themed storytimes that this will fit nicely into, because I couldn't bear not to use in storytime. Heh. Bear.

I'm writing this at the tail-end of summer and I haven't had a lot of sleep. Ahem. Anyways.

Il Sung Na returns with another animal-themed book, this one exploring habitats with a delightful touch of imagination. Bear has decided he's tired of the same old green forest and wants to try a new home. So he goes visiting to see where the other animals live. But Mole's underground home is too stuffy, Octopus' ocean is too deep, and Camel's desert is too hot. Finally, Bear realizes the perfect place for him is back in his green forest.

The illustrations are in Il Sung Na's unique, layered style. They have a light, amusing quality, as when a bug-eyed Bear freaks out about his hot paws in the desert sand while a pink and blue Camel watches with a crooked grin,, but there's also a delicate beauty in the detailed foliage and the print-like green and blue forests on the end pages.

The plot of a creature looking high and low and discovering what they want is at home all the time is a familiar one, but the humorous twist to the plot as well as the natural details make it fresh and new. When Bear visits Octopus under the sea, we learn obliquely that Octopus squirts ink. It rains in the Orangutan's home so where does the Orangutan live....the rainforest! Goat lives in high places, so she's a....mountain goat! The lovely illustrations are eye-catching and distinctive and will keep your audience's attention as well.

Verdict: This is a great introduction to any storytime repertoire and a lovely and fun book on its own. Highly recommended.

ISBN: 9780385753753; Published 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf/Random House; Review copy provided by publisher; Donated to the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Sep 13, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385753756, Hardcover)

Follow Bear as he visits animal habitats around the world—and comes to appreciate his own home—in this new offering from the creator of A Book of Sleep and A Book of Babies.
 
Bear is tired of waking up every morning in the same green forest, so he decides to search for a new place to live. He visits the birds in the trees, a mole underground, a camel in the hot desert sand, puffins in the cold arctic snow . . . only to realize his own home is the perfect place for him after all. Welcome Home, Bear offers rich illustrations, bright colors, and a simple, spare text—all wrapped up in a beautiful, kid-friendly package. Readers meet animals in their habitats around the world—and return with Bear to the one place he is truly happy.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:03 -0400)

Tired of his own home, a bear goes exploring, visiting animals around the world in their various habitats.

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